Over-use of social media is causing anxiety and depression in teenagers, according to a new study.
Researchers at Glasgow University analysed the social media usage habits of 467 teenagers and recorded how they felt when texts arrived or posts were published. Many felt under pressure to respond no matter what the time was.
Use of social media at night led to poorer quality sleep, the researchers found, in addition to depression and anxiety.
Lead researcher Dr Heather Cleland Woods said of the findings, “While overall social-media use impacts on sleep quality, those who log on at night appear to be particularly affected.
“This may be mostly true of individuals who are highly emotionally invested. This means we have to think about how our kids use social media, in relation to time for switching off.”